The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the leading trade association for UK retailing. Although the BRC food safety standard began in the UK, it is now recognized as a global standard. There are over 17,000 BRC certified sites worldwide, and a large network of BRC certification bodies in 90 countries. The British Retail Consortium (or BRC) is a trade association in the United Kingdom. They represent all forms of retailers from small, independently owned stores to big chain stores and department stores. It represents 80% of retail trade in the UK by turnover.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) first introduced its Global Standard for Food Safety, a GFSI benchmarked standard, in 1998. . The Standard can be applied to any food processing or food packing operation where open food is handled, processed or packed. Today the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety has almost 16,000 certified sites in over 100 countries world-wide.
The BRC standard meets the strong need to preserve the integrity of branded products. The BRC global standard for food safety is a single verification that ensures both the fulfillment of legal obligation and of customer protection.
The BRC Global standard for food certification aim to:
1.      Promote best practices
2.      Improve supplier standards and consistency and avoid product failure.
3.      Eliminate multiple audits for food manufactures.
4.      Supports retailer objective at all levels of manufacturing supply chain.

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